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David Bowie - TOY [TOY_Box] (2021)


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David Bowie - TOY [TOY:Box] (2021)


TOY:Box is a special edition of the unreleased TOY album Available in 3 CD or 6x10" vinyl formats. The 'capture the moment' approach of the recording sessions are extended to the sleeve artwork designed by Bowie featuring a photo of him as a baby with a contemporary face. The package also contains a 16-page full-colour book featuring previously unseen photographs by Frank Ockenfels 3. TOY was recorded following David's Glastonbury 2000 performance. Bowie entered the studio with his band to record new interpretations of songs he'd first recorded from 1964-1971. The plan was to record the album 'Old School' with the band playing live, choose the best takes and then release it as soon as humanly possible. Unfortunately, in 2001 the concept of the 'Surprise Drop' album release and the technology to support it were still quite a few years off, making it impossible to release TOY at the time.

Included in TOY:Box is a second CD/set of 10"s of alternative mixes and versions including proposed B-Sides (versions of David's debut single 'Liza Jane' and 1967's 'In The Heat Of The Morning'), later mixes by Tony Visconti and the 'Tibet Version' of 'Silly Boy Blue' recorded at The Looking Glass Studio time at the of the 2001 Tibet House show in New York featuring Philip Glass on piano and Moby on guitar.

The third CD/set of 10"s features 'Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric' mixes of thirteen TOY tracks. Producer Mark Plati "While we were recording the basic tracks Earl Slick suggested that he and I overdub acoustic guitars on all the songs. He said this was a Keith Richards' trick, sometimes these guitars would be a featured part of the track, and at other times they'd be more subliminal. Later while mixing, David heard one of the songs broken down to just vocals and acoustic guitars; this gave him the idea that we ought to do some stripped-down mixes like that and that maybe one day they'd be useful. Once we put a couple of other elements in the pot, it felt like it could be a completely different record. I was only too happy to finish that thought some two decades after the fact".

TOY:Box was released on 7 January 2022, the day before what would have been Bowie's 75th birthday.

The release includes alternate mixes, proposed B-sides and 13 new "Unplugged and Somewhat Slightly Electric" remixes of the Toy tracks.
These remixes contain new guitar parts by Plati and Earl Slick, replicating a style done by the Rolling Stones' Keith Richards. The "Unplugged and Somewhat Slightly Electric" mix of "Shadow Man" was released as a single on streaming services on 6 January.
The release ends with "Toy (Your Turn to Drive)", a new track compiled from an extended jam during a take of "I Dig Everything". Featuring updated mixing, Plati stated: "As it was culled from 'I Dig Everything', it makes sense to bookend the album with this track. It's also a fitting postscript to the Toy era." Visconti, who called it Bowie's "ghost album", was positive about its official release, telling Uncut magazine that he believed it contained some of Bowie's finest work.

♬ ♪ ♫ David Bowie - Shadow Man (Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix) ♫ ♪ ♬

Track Listing:
Disc 01 [TOY]
01. I Dig Everything (05:04)
02. You've Got a Habit of Leaving (04:49)
03. The London Boys (03:47)
04. Karma Man (03:47)
05. Conversation Piece (03:53)
06. Shadow Man (04:40)
07. Let Me Sleep Beside You (03:15)
08. Hole in the Ground (03:33)
09. Baby Loves That Way (04:37)
10. Can't Help Thinking About Me (03:26)
11. Silly Boy Blue (05:35)
12. Toy [Your Turn to Drive] (04:16)
Playtime: 50:42

Disc 02 [Alternatives & Extras]
01. Liza Jane (04:47)
02. You've Got a Habit of Leaving [Alt Version] (04:49)
03. Baby Loves That Way [Alt Version] (04:44)
04. Can't Help Thinking About Me [Alt Version] (03:26)
05. I Dig Everything [Alt Version] (05:05)
06. The London Boys [Alt Version] (03:49)
07. Silly Boy Blue [Tibet Version] (05:12)
08. Let Me Sleep Beside You [Alt Version] (03:16)
09. In the Heat of the Morning (03:53)
10. Conversation Piece [Alt Version] (03:52)
11. Hole in the Ground [Alt Version] (03:55)
12. Shadow Man [Alt Version] (04:50)
13. Toy [Your Turn to Drive] [Alt Version] (04:52)
Playtime: 56:30

Disc 03 [Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix]
All tracks are noted as "Unplugged & Somewhat Slightly Electric Mix"
I don't like long track names and renamed the above to [UaSSEM]
01. In the Heat of the Morning [UaSSEM] (03:52)
02. I Dig Everything [UaSSEM] (04:59)
03. You've Got a Habit of Leaving [UaSSEM] (03:45)
04. The London Boys [UaSSEM] (03:45)
05. Karma Man [UaSSEM] (03:44)
06. Conversation Piece [UaSSEM] (03:51)
07. Shadow Man [UaSSEM] (04:19)
08. Let Me Sleep Beside You [UaSSEM] (03:05)
09. Hole in the Ground [UaSSEM] (03:18)
10. Baby Loves That Way [UaSSEM] (04:34)
11. Can't Help Thinking About Me [UaSSEM] (03:30)
12. Silly Boy Blue [UaSSEM] (05:29)
13. Toy [Your Turn to Drive] [UaSSEM] (03:53)
Playtime: 52:04

Total Playtime: 02:39:16

| Genre: Rock | Label: ISO/Parlophone | MP3: VBR0 (245~320kbps) | Lyrics: No | Scans: Front @1500px Box Content @1200x1000px | Size: 325.34 MB |


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